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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK (April 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712661107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712661102
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Philip Carr-Gomm is a writer and psychologist living in Sussex. He is the author of The Druid Way and Druidcraft, and the co-author of The Druid Animal Oracle and editor of the Book of Druidry and In the Grove of Druids. In 1988 he was asked to lead The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, one of the largest international Druid groups. He combines his role as Chief Druid with a private practice in psychotherapy, writing and giving workshops worldwide. He is always in demand worldwide for radio, television and newspaper interviews, and for lecturing. (A full listing can be found at his author's website at http://druidry.org/pcg.).

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Very clear and precisely written.
vivien oonagh francis
Philip Carr-Gomm is the leader of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids and is a good writer.
KindleGeek
Overall, a great book that I would recommend to anyone seeking out OBOD style Druidry.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Grail on April 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
Review from October 20, 2004:
According to the author, he started off doing a new edition of "The Elements of the Druid Tradition", but ended up with a (mostly) new book, so some of this may be familiar.

What does this book cover?
A basic history of Druidry - ancient, the 17th century revival, and modern Neopagan (mainly in the form of OBOD - the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, of which the author is the current head).

It will give you an overview of what we know of how druidry was, and is now practiced, especially the theology of OBOD, but despite the exercises at the end of each chapter, I feel they're more designed to get you to confront your ideas of who the Druids were, what it's like now, and establish whether Druidry is the right path for you (all very valuable), rather than actual hands-on practice of Druidry (on the other hand, I'm coming from a Wiccan background, which does have more of a "do first, think later" approach).

While I think different people would get different things out of this book, personally I found the history most interesting, and hope that someday (soon?) some Druid scholar will write a work comparable to Wicca's "Triumph of the Moon" by Ronald Hutton. In the meantime, this covers something of the history of Druidry and Neopagan Druidry in Britain, as well as the connections between the founder of OBOD, Ross Nichols, the founder (to my knowledge) of Wicca, Gerald Gardner, and other occult figures of the time. If someone fleshed it out a bit more, and covered the evolution of Neopagan Druidry in America as well, I think it would be a work well worth reading just for the history. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ron Spolar on September 27, 2014
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If you have this book, do not purchase "The Druid Tradition" , his basic source book. The body of this work is an expansion on "The Druid Tradition." I think Philip Carr-Gomm does a nice job of updating with knowledge gained over a decade. His written style is clear, interesting and easy to follow. He credits all sources. My skepticism is that he frequently refers to training one must receive as a 'Bard" "Ovate" or "Druid" from his 'Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids" costing around $360 per year. The American version, "Ancient Order of Druids in America" charges around $100 per degree. Therefore while he says, in effect, anyone can call their self a "Druid", the inference is that no one has the skills of a Druid unless they complete the correspondence classes. By taking such classes we learn how to make time stop, shape-shift, commute back and forth to the Otherworld,(a parallel universe),and more. I don't like the sales pitch and I don't appreciate the double messages. Therefore, while valuable information is presented only superficially and the inference remains, you can't credibly practice Druidism unless you commit to paying hundreds of dollars for Druid training. The training typically takes from 18 months to three or more years. Sorry but I can't help but to think this is only so much Druidic snobbery. Wicca appears to rely on independent study (solitary witch) or learning from a coven in which one participates. Some Guardnerian covens offer free of cost training with your sincere commitment. In summary, Philip Carr-Gomm's books seem designed to provide just enough information to hook the reader into taking classes from his order. Concepts are explained superficially. We don't receive all the information. He protects complete disclosure of all the information on Druidism unless you pay to receive it. This, to me, smacks of materialism.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tarotqueen on June 10, 2012
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This book is a great introductory and is the one that convinced me to save some money for obod's classes. It covers all the basics of Druidry and I felt very comfortable with druidry wile reading it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cecelia A. Blair on February 24, 2013
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This account of the druid tradition, as it is currently understood and practiced, is both knowledgable
and inspired. I enjoyed reading this well written, wide-ranging book, finding it an excellent introduction
to a fascinating, contemporary subject.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean Conroe on April 24, 2013
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This book, written by the Chosen Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids provides excellent information and illuminates many concepts key to the Druid path. The book also clarifies many murky topics.
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This book is written from the perspective of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. It is a very well written and informative book if that is the type of Druidry you are seeking out. It covers the various theories for the origins of Druidry, modern history as it relates to OBOD, the 3 classes of Druid and what they study, the 8 seasonal celebrations and rites of passage and it covers a whole lot more that is all very interesting.

I can't say much for the exercises because I personally didn't do them. This wasn't because I thought they were boring, but because for right now I don't live in a very conducive space to do them. I'm sure I would have gotten something good out of them had I done them. For those who do choose to do them, they're meditative and seem very simple on the surface. However, I'm sure that isn't the case when actually taking the time do them.

I really like the author's writing. It's very personable, isn't condescending and has a very warm feeling to it.

Overall, a great book that I would recommend to anyone seeking out OBOD style Druidry.
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